Victory in 4-year-old and 5-year-old championships in Billund
This weekend several young horses started the Championships for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses in Billund. Yesterday, Emma and Kyros won the class for 4-year-old horses. The class had a total of 90 equipages, and Emma obtained 8.66 points, Anna and Tirana placed third with 8.48 points.
Today, Daniel and Didando started the class for 5-year-old horses, they finished first with impressive 8.90 points. Daniel also placed 7th with Zidane with 8.02 points.
In addition, another four horses from Helgstrand Dressage qualified to the next round taking place in Middelfart in three weeks.
Fantastic European Championship in Herning
Denmark takes 4th place
Thursday was the last day of the team competition in dressage at the European Championship. Germany, Holland and the UK received gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, and the national team from Denmark finished fourth.
Friday, Andreas and Akeem started the Grand Prix Special, unfortunately, some expensive mistakes occurred, and consequently their score was not high enough to start the Grand Prix Kür final on Sunday.
Daniel and Donna Silver placed 2nd again
In the U25 Grand Prix, Daniel and Donna Silver once again made a very nice and almost flawless performance, resulting in 71.62% and an impressive second place.
EM-bronze to Line and Laponio
On Friday, Line Kongensgaard and Laponio received a bronze medal in the Para-dressage Championship. After a great performance, the equipage obtained a score of 70.02%, which earned them the bronze medal in the championship. Line and her family bought Laponio from Helgstrand Dressage about two years ago, and we are so happy and proud that they are doing so well. Congratulations to Line and her family on the impressive result and bronze medal; we wish them all the best of luck for the future.
Daniel and Donna Silver second in U25
Wednesday night at the FEI EC in Herning a U25 class in Intermediare II also took place. Daniel and Donna Silver were among the competing equipages, and an almost flawless performance earned them a great score of 71.18% and they finished second in the class. On Friday, they are back in the arena again.
Andreas and Akeem were the second Danish equipage starting in the first part of the team competition on Wednesday. They made a great performance with several highlights, but unfortunately a few mistakes occurred. They obtained 72.72% and were the best Danish equipage and third, individually, before the second part of the team competition on Thursday.
The impressive arena in Herning
Helgstrand Dressage supports Danish Refugee Council and EC against mines
In connection with the European Championship in Herning, the organisers of the event has started the project "EC against mines" in co-operation with the Danish Refugee Council and Lauritz.com. South Sudan has been severely affected by civil wars for several years, but after the country gained independence in 2011, clearance of mines has been given high priority, and demining is considered an important step towards rebuilding the country. However, only a minor part of the country has been demined at the moment, and it may have fatal consequences for a family if a family member is mutilated or their only livestock is killed. The funds raised from this co-operation will be directed at mine risk education, clearance of unexploded ordnance and mines, ensuring that the land can be farmed again and enabling people and animals to move around securely.
Helgstrand Dressage has donated Andreas' first dressage tail-coat and hat. The auction runs all week during the EC and ends on Monday, August 26 at 2.45 p.m. We hope for some good bids in support of the demining work in South Sudan.
Link to the auction can be found here
Good results at regional show in Brønderslev
This weekend, Brønderslev Rideklub held a regional show. Daniel and De Chirico participated in Intermediare I and Prix St. George, and they finished first in both classes with 71.57% and 71.71%, respectively. Jens and Uno started Prix St. George, and finished third, scoring 68.42%. Marianne and Daylie started the MB0 and MB3. The first day, they started MB0, they placed third with a score of 67.05% and Sunday in MB3, they scored 68.87% and placed second.
Sezuan foal takes first place
Yet another Sezuan foal excelled among the stallion foals, this time at Danish Warmblood's foal show on Saturday in Vallensbæk. The beautiful foal, Salustri, was of course also selected for the Elite show at Vilhelmsborg.
Two additional Champion mares at saddle grading
Saturday, another saddle grading took place at Vilhelmsborg. Emma showed three mares in front of the judges. The mares Finess and Landini both became Champion mares in two different groups. In addition, Finess finished as "Best Mare of the Day" among the 90 mares presented today. Both champion mares were selected for the Elite show at Vilhelmsborg, taking place in September. The third mare presented by Emma was the mare Flossie; Finess, Landini and Flossie were all approved in RDH.
Congratulations to breeders and owners, we are looking forward to showing the mares from Hjallerup and Vilhelmsborg at the Elite show.
Training camp before European Championship
Yesterday, Andreas and Thomas drove down to Haderslev with Akeem and Nintendo. From Wednesday until Sunday, they will participate in the training camp with the national coach before the European Championship in Herning. They will arrive in Herning on Sunday so that the horses can settle in before the competition. Tuesday, the vet check takes place and Wednesday, the team competition begins.
Daniel and Didando in PAVO Cup
Daniel is participating in PAVO cup in Holland at the moment with the 5-year-old Dutch stallion Didando. Andreas has just acquired half of the stallion. Didando is sired by Tuschinski with Jetset D as dam sire. He was reserve for Holland at the WCYH in Verden for 5-year-old horses. Didando is a very exciting horse, and we are looking forward to continuing his training, as we have high expectations to this stallion.
Silver medal to Andreas and Floricello
At today's final for 5-year-old horses in Verden, Andreas and Floricello finished with a well-deserved silver medal. They were the fifth rider in the class and they made an impressive performance, which was awarded with 8.72 points. The obtained e.g. 9.8 for trot and 9.0 for overall impression. The great score qualified for a gold medal until the last rider, however, in the end the 5-year-old stallion received a silver medal.
It is the second year in a row that one of the stallions from our stallion station obtains a medal at the WCYH in Verden.